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Measles outbreak: NYC threatens fines for unvaccinated Williamsburg residents

Measles outbreak: NYC threatens fines for unvaccinated Williamsburg residents

Oxiris Barbot said on Tuesday that she is ordering everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Williamsburg to get vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

While de Blasio did not comment on the situation in Rockland, he said he is confident that New York City's emergency order is an appropriate use of power.

New York City on Tuesday, April 9, declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations amid an outbreak, becoming the latest national flashpoint over refusals to inoculate against risky diseases.

There have been no deaths associated with this outbreak, although there have been complications, including 21 hospitalizations and five admissions to the intensive care unit.

The study was a follow-up of an earlier large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 that also involved Danish children and also concluded that there "was no association between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination, or the date of vaccination and the development of autistic disorder".

Outbreaks nationwide have forced state and city health officials to pursue tougher stances, such as mandatory vaccines or banning unvaccinated children from public places, prompting legal challenges and judicial intervention.

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There have been 285 reported cases of measles in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community since October, 246 of which are children, CBS New York reported Monday, citing the health department.

"This outbreak is being fuelled by a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighbourhoods. They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science", Dr. Barbot said in the statement. The Associated Press reports that this is the largest measles outbreak in the city since 1991, and that NYC accounts for two-thirds of all cases reported in the us last week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 465 measles cases have been reported so far this year, up from 387 the week before. Those who are uninsured will pay what they can afford, de Blasio said, and those who cannot afford the vaccination will receive it for free.

In a "measles party", every child becomes a carrier out in the world, allowing the disease to find new carriers and continue to spread to vulnerable people - babies too young to get vaccinations and people with compromised immune systems. It is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested.

Children over 6 months old in the zone in question are also required to be vaccinated. "I urge everyone to get vaccinated". "Back in the day people were having parties to expose their kids to chicken pox and measles".

"Get the measles vaccine", Palacio said.